Astronomy

Astronomy is about the 'celestial bodies': planets, moons, comets, asteroids, stars, solar systems, galaxies, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about the celestial bodies' origins and characteristics – their chemistry and geology, atmospheric conditions, orbital mechanics, etc.

Astronomy is usually also about telescopes and the exploration of space.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Planetary scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Observatory technician
  • Telescope salesperson
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

161% of national
median earnings


Employment

57%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
32%
Further study
7%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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